Frequently Asked Questions About Our Children's Home
1) Who does Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home help?
Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home assists children in the El Paso and surrounding region from birth through age 18 and their families, who, for a variety of reasons may be in need of special care and support. The Home offers a “hand to hold on to in difficult times.” Sometimes economic circumstances make parenting especially difficult, or grandparents may be having difficulty raising grandchildren. Sometimes school, behavioral, and/or adjustment problems at home or in other settings require a bit of help to get back on track. Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home is here to help. The information below will help to determine whether the Home’s services could be an appropriate fit for your child or referral.
Criteria for Referrals to Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home
2) Is Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home an orphanage?
No. Although a few children who come to live at the Home have no parents, most of the children have at least one parent or they are under the conservatorship of grandparent(s). We work closely with children who have significant familial support, as well as children who need some extra guidance, loving care, and support. For many children, the Home is an extended family while they are in placement, and for years after they become adults.
3) Does Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home work with children who have behavior problems?
Yes. The Home works with children who demonstrate mild to moderate levels of behavior-related issues, but not severe issues. See the criteria above for more specific information and evaluation.
4) Is Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home an emergency shelter?
No. Our admissions process requires an intake assessment and interview with the child and his/her family. We make every attempt to keep the process timely. However, some situations require immediate crisis intervention and shelter support services. For these situations, we refer clients to the Child Crisis Center of El Paso at (915) 562-7955, The El Paso Runaway Shelter at (915) 565-8361, and/or the Center Against Family Violence at (915) 593-1000 or the Hotline at (915) 593-7300. In any crisis, do not hesitate to call 911.
5) Does Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home take custody or conservatorship of children?
No. The Home does not take custody or seek to remove children from families. All placements are voluntary on the part of the child and his or her family. Custody of the child remains with the legal parent at all times.
6) Does Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home investigate child abuse or remove children from their home(s)?
No. We do not investigate or remove children from their homes. All placements are voluntary. Parent(s) maintain custody of their children and we work closely to resolve the reasons for placement and reunite children with their families.
Child abuse investigations are typically handled by El Paso Child Protective Services at (915) 546-2050. We encourage all people to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect immediately by calling 1-800-252-5400.
7) What age groups does Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home serve?
The Home serves children and youth from birth through age 18. Typically children younger than age 5 are placed in a foster home within the community which Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home licenses and supervises. School-age children are normally placed in one of two campus programs based upon individual needs. The main campus residential program cares for approximately 48 boys and girls, ages 5-18 at 1100 East Cliff Drive in central El Paso.
8) Who licenses the Home and its operations?
The Home is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as a General Residential Operation (GRO) and as a Child Placing Agency (CPA).
9) How long do children stay at Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home?
The average length of stay is approximately 15 months. However, the plan of service may as brief as six months or as long as several years. Many children, for whom permanent reunification with their family is not an option, stay at the Home through high school graduation. The Home assists these young people with transitional living, vocational, and college plans.
10) Is there a fee or tuition for care at the Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home?
Fees are based on a sliding scale and the ability on the part of the parent(s) or managing conservator(s) to pay. Services are provided to meet the needs of families. No family remains without service because of inability to pay. Individual arrangements are made at the time of intake.
11) Where do the children go to school?
Children attend local public schools. The children who reside at the main campus attend Mesita Elementary School, Wiggs Middle School or El Paso High School in the El Paso Independent School District. Children at the Lower Valley program attend Risinger Primary School, O’Donnell Elementary School, Fabens Junior High School, or Fabens High School in the Fabens Independent School District. The children placed in our foster care program attend schools closest to the foster family’s home.
12) Who takes care of the children?
The children who come to live at the Home are embraced by a team of highly trained, skilled, loving, and compassionate people who are prepared to care for them and meet their daily needs. Each child has an opportunity to build relationships with at least one child care worker(s) and or foster parent, and a social/caseworker. In addition, the child interacts with the education director and staff, along with the activities director and administrators. Whether the child is placed in foster care or residential care, everyone comes together as a team to best meet the child’s needs and individual and familial goals.
13) Do children get to go home for visits or vacation?
Yes. Home visits typically occur on the second and fourth weekends of each month. In addition, for one week in December and one week in July, the cottages close and children return home for an extended visit.